A dramatic baritone with an international reputation as a “Rigoletto specialist,” Gordon Hawkins has delighted audiences as the tragic Verdi underdog in more than 170 performances. He is now earning critical acclaim for his foray into Wagnerian repertoire: “Alberich was superbly realized by baritone Gordon Hawkins, in his [Los Angeles Opera] début. Despite wearing a grotesque puppet head and clunky boots that hobbled his movements, Hawkins delivered a sterling vocal characterization of the power-mad Nibelung. (Opera News). He has been engaged as Alberich in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at esteemed international companies including: San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, and the BBC Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.
|Donizetti||Lucia di Lammermoor||Enrico|
|La favorite||Alphonse XI|
|Floyd||Of Mice and Men||George Milton|
|Gershwin||Porgy & Bess||Porgy|
|Giordano||Andrea Chénier||Carlo Gérard|
|Gluck||Iphigénie en Tauride||Thoas|
|Offenbach||Les contes d’Hoffmann||Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertuto|
|Saint-Saëns||Samson et Dalila||High Priest of Dagon|
|Un ballo in maschera||Renato|
|La traviata||Giorgio Germont|
|Il trovatore||Count di Luna|
|Simon Boccanegra||Title role|
|Lohengrin||Friedrich der Telramund|
|Tannhäuser||Wolfram von Eschenbach|
|Elgar||The Dream of Gerontius|
|Gershwin||Porgy and Bess Suite|
|Mahler||Des Knaben Wunderhorn|
|Symphony No. 8|
|Vaughan Williams||A Sea Symphony|
This season, he will perform the title role in Nabucco with Seattle Opera and Opera Carolina, sing Alvaro in Daniel Catán’s contemporary Spanish-language opera Florencia en el Amazonas at Los Angeles Opera, appear as Scarpia in Tosca at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and reprise the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess for Jacksonville Symphony and Festspillene i Bergen in Norway. Future seasons also include returns to Vancouver Opera and Washington National Opera.
Mr. Hawkins’ career is shaped by performances of opera’s most popular baritone roles at leading companies around the world. Recent career highlights include Rigoletto with such companies as Washington National Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Colorado; Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride at The Metropolitan Opera; Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Washington National Opera; Telramund in Lohengrin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Caspar in Der Freischütz at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Amonasro in Aïda with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and The Atlanta Symphony;Tonio in Pagliacci at Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Manitoba Opera, and Atlanta Opera; Scarpia in Tosca at Vancouver Opera and Arizona Opera; Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opéra de Montréal and New Orleans Opera; the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth and Count di Luna in Il trovatore with Seattle Opera; and the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann at New National Theatre Tokyo.
One of his signature roles, Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess has brought him to the most esteemed companies in the US including most recently; the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Colorado Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.
In concert, Mr. Hawkins’ recently sang a Gala Concert for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Washington DC. Additional engagements include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with The Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center; the world première of Jake Heggie’s A Great Hope Fell with the Eos Orchestra of New York; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Atlanta Symphony and St. Louis Symphony; concert selections from American musicals with Welle WDR 4 in Cologne, Germany; and additional repertoire with the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Cincinnati Orchestra, National Theatre Orchestra of Prague, and Vienna Symphony.
Mr. Hawkins has been heard on the Live BBC Radio broadcast as Alberich in Götterdämmerung with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, and Live from the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts earlier in his career as Marcello in La bohème with Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni, and Silvano in Un ballo in maschera with Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo. He can be heard as George Milton on the first recording of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with the Houston Grand Opera on Albany Records, and on the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts’ recording of Simon Boccanegra in the title role.
Mr. Hawkins was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, and was awarded the Washington National Opera’s “Artist of the Year” award.